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David Phelps Replaces Cody Eppley in Bullpen with Phil Hughes Back in New York Yankees Rotation

April 7th, 2013 at 12:33 PM
By Daniel Sirianni

With New York Yankees starter Phil Hughes back from the disabled list and penciled into the starting rotation, versatile right-hander David Phelps will once again return to the bullpen, replacing right-hander Cody Eppley

'David Phelps' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Phelps was expected to start the season as a starter, but ended up coming out of the bullpen on Opening Day after a shaky start by ace C.C. Sabathia. Phelps would have made his first start on Saturday, but Hughes was able to return in time to take the mound. 

The Yankees have Mariano Rivera, David Robertson, and Joba Chamberlain as late-inning options, Adam Warren as a long reliever, Boone Logan as the lefty-specialist, and Shawn Kelley as the innings-eater, appearing in three of the team's first four games. Phelps will join the bullpen as the bridge reliever, relieving the starter and holding the game until the later innings when Robertson and Rivera can close it out. 

Phelps has not recorded any wins or losses, but has a 6.75 ERA in four innings pitched this season. Eppley, who was sent to the minors to make room for Hughes on the roster, made two appearances and had an ERA of 21.60, allowing four runs in one and two third innings. 

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